1 Recipe : 3 Variations
I’ll always remember breakfast at Grandma Leona’s house as a kid. Among other options, there was always a batch of her homemade granola stalked somewhere in the kitchen. I’ve carried on the granola tradition in our house, and it’s one of our favorite snacks!
Grandma’s recipe was a little more fancy with quite a few ingredients, so I made up this recipe years ago and now it’s our go-to!
Here’s why we love it:
-Just a handful of simple ingredients
-It’s super versatile so you can switch it up based on what you have on hand, and what your preferences are. I’ve listed my 3 favorite ways to combine the ingredients below!
-It’s full of nutrient dense ingredients to power your body with fiber, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
-It makes great CLUSTERS. That’s like number one right? ;)
1 Recipe : 3 Variations
-2 Tablespoons nut butter (almond butter, sun butter, or peanut butter)
-2 Tablespoons coconut oil
-1/4 Cup honey (or maple syrup)
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 Tablespoon coconut sugar
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-2 Cups rolled oats
*optional add ins: 1 teaspoon vanilla, raw coconut flakes, hemp seeds, chocolate chunks, raw nuts, chopped dates…)
Three Flavor Variations:
Choose your nut butter, liquid sweetener, and add-ins to make some delicious combos! These are my favorites:
1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola: peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chunks
2. Maple Almond Granola: almond butter, maple syrup, chopped dates
3. Sweet Coconut Granola: sun butter, honey, raw coconut flakes
-Add nut butter, coconut oil, and liquid sweetener to a glass bowl or pan and heat until it can be easily stirred.
-Add the salt, coconut sugar, and cinnamon until well combined.
-Stir in the oats until thoroughly coated, then add any extra mix-ins you like.
-Lightly oil a large baking sheet and spread the granola mixture onto the pan, pressing it down firmly with your hands or the back of a metal spatula.
-Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
-Remove from the oven and mix the granola on the pan so the outer edges are evenly distributed through the middle (this keeps the edges from burning). Then using the back of a metal spatula, press the mixture down firmly again (important for the cluster formations).
-Put back in the oven and cook for 7 more minutes until golden brown.
-Let cool before using a large flat spatula to remove from the pan and into a storage container. Be sure to pick up large pieces with the spatula so you get those big yummy clusters.
-Store in the fridge or freezer. This is IMPORTANT for this recipe because it keeps the granola crispy and delicious as the cold makes the liquid sweetener and coconut oil harden.
-Eat it as a cereal, add it to a trail-mix, put it on top of yogurt or ice cream, or munch it right from the freezer!
What was one food always in YOUR grandma’s kitchen? Comment below to tell me! :)